40% of lower back pain cases are caused by a previously unknown bacterie
How back pain can be beaten with antibiotics: Breakthrough could cure 40% of sufferers
Hundreds of thousands of people living with crippling back pain could be cured - by a simple and inexpensive course of antibiotics.
Posted by Jill Fallon at May 13, 2013 4:14 PM
In a breakthrough described as being worthy of a Nobel prize, scientists have shown that many cases of severe, long-term back ache are caused by bacteria – and the bugs can be zapped by a three-month course of pills costing just £114.
Patients who were in so much pain that they had to give up work have thanked the researchers for giving them their life back.
Hanne Albert, the Danish scientist who made the discovery, said almost half of those with chronic lower back pain could benefit.